Fishing sector controlled by a body acting outside the law
WHEN it turns out that a law enforcement agency is using faulty or even illegal equipment, a major problem arises. How can the police force police when it acts outside the law itself?
Today thereports that the Irish Fisheries Police body has been found to be using illegal equipment, which may date from the organization’s inception in 2007.
The derogation ends because an EU audit determined that Irish fisheries controls were not fit for purpose and, as a result, fraud had been perpetrated, in particular by large operators.
“All weighing instruments were found to be non-compliant. The feedback from all of our inspectors was that the ski ladders you have at the various sites are not fit or fit for purpose as they cannot be leveled accurately.